A diagnosis of osteoporosis is based on your medical history, physical examination, and a test to measure your bone thickness (density). During a physical exam, your health professional will: Measure your height and compare the results with past measureme
In the early stages of osteoporosis, you usually do not have symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may develop symptoms related to weakened bones, including: Back pain. Loss of height and stooped posture. A curved upper back (dowager's hump).
Exercise is an important part of managing osteoporosis. Your health professional may recommend physical therapy. Your physical therapist may teach you how to safely do weight-bearing exercises, which can slow bone loss.
In older adults,hip fractures are usually caused by a fall. Even a slight fall can sometimes cause a fracture in a weakened hipbone. Children and young adults are more likely to break a hip because of a bike or car accident or a sports injury. Falls cause more fractures-including hip fractures-as people age because,starting at about age 30,bone begins to be reabsorbed by the body faster ...